Philly 360 once again celebrates Black History Month with a month long list of events in the City of Brotherly Love. See their calendar of events and synopsis below:
Black Music Month may be a national celebration honoring the musical contributions of African-Americans, but we know where it really got started. Philly gave birth to some of the most talented songwriters, producers and musicians in music history—including Black Music Month co-founder and noted songwriter and producer Kenny Gamble. And, there’s no place celebrating Black Music Month quite like Philly. June is jam-packed with the lively two-dayRoots Picnic, the sultry sounds of Ledisi and Eric Benet, the return of the Jill Scott Block Party and a throwback performance by the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire! Come and groove in Philly for an unforgettable Black Music Month experience.
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The sights, sounds and flavors of Africa take over Philly as Odunde returns for its 37th anniversary. Odunde will spice up the city with a happy hour art exhibit, an African family day, a one-of-a-kind street festival on South Street featuring a performance by Marsha Ambrosius!
Friday, June 1 – Wired 96.5 Fest
Do Nicki Minaj, T-Pain, B.o.B., Big Sean and Diggy Simmons sound familiar? Some of the biggest names in pop are coming through for the Wired 96.5 Fest. Don’t miss this star-studded concert at theSusquehanna Bank Center!
Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 3 – Roots Picnic
The fifth annual Roots Picnic is doin’ it big this year at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. For two days, Creative Ambassador DJ Diamond Kuts spins on the ones and twos, and The Roots, Wale, De La Soul and rising MCs Chill Moody and Moosh & Twist rock the stage.
Insider tip: Use the GPTMC promo code for a discount on your tickets!
Sunday, June 10 – Reggae In The Park
Get ready for the first Summer Reggae Festival as it takes over the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring live music by headliners Jimmy Cliff and Beres Hammond, original arts & crafts, and authentic Caribbean cuisine—you’ll definitely get a taste of the islands.
Tuesday, June 12 – Generation Next: A Celebration Of Black Music Month
Philly 360˚ is teaming up with the Philly chapter of the Recording Academy and WURD radio to bring the spotlight to the rising musical icons creating their own legacy. Hosted by Laiya St.Clair at thePainted Bride Art Center, we’ll catch up with Creative Ambassador Brandon Pankey, Amir Khan and hear the new sounds of rising starlets GoGo Morrow and MPrynt.
Friday, June 15 – Earth, Wind & Fire
The Academy of Music brings on the soul for their Black Music Month lineup, and we can’t wait to hear the renowned R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire sing a song (or two). With record-breaking throwbacks likeShining Star and Reasons, this is a show you won’t want to miss.
Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17 – Carol Riddick
Philly 360˚® Creative Ambassador Carol Riddick will be blowing the roof with her soulful chops at Warmdaddy’s. From her rendition of Angel to her inspirational original song A Better Me, Carol’s got the type of voice that will give you goose bumps with every note.
Saturday, June 23 – Jill Scott Block Party
We’re still so in love with the hit albumLight of the Sun, so you know we can’t wait to hear some hot, new music at the Jill Scott Block Party. The legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff will be spinnin’, and Jill Scott, Eric Roberson and KEM will all rock the stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.
Sunday, June 24 – Ledisi & Eric Benet
The mind-blowing trills of a powerhouse matched with the sultry sounds of an R&B crooner make for an unforgettable night of music. When Ledisi and Eric Benet tear up the stage at the Keswick Theatre, be prepared for a show that will blow you away.